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August 8, 2012 4:37:26 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: e.g.: about 3 weeks

Budget Range: 3k, can go a bit over if needed

System Usage from Most to Least Important: gaming

Are you buying a monitor: Yes, was thinking if those korean yamasaki. Don't know which one to get.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=...




Do you need to buy OS: yes

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: bestdirect, direct canada, I've had a good experience with them

Location: Canada

Parts Preferences: Nvidia/intel

Overclocking: Yes

SLI or Crossfire: Yes

Your Monitor Resolution: 2560x14440

So I want the best, reliable parts humanly possible, I want them to last as long as possible. I'll be playing on only one monitor and I want to max (at least 60fps) anything out right now and anything coming out in the years to come. I was thinking of going sli 670's (2 to start, up too 4 if I ever need it). I'm investing a lot of money because I don't want to upgrade any time soon.
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August 8, 2012 5:17:12 PM

Here you go:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($224.99 @ Newegg Canada)
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D14 65.0 CFM CPU Cooler ($70.99 @ Computer Valley)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD5H ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($172.99 @ NCIX)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($43.99 @ Newegg Canada)
Storage: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($74.99 @ Newegg Canada)
Storage: Samsung 830 Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($134.99 @ NCIX)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($409.99 @ NCIX)
Case: NZXT Switch 810 (White) ATX Full Tower Case ($169.99 @ NCIX)
Power Supply: PC Power & Cooling 950W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($129.99 @ NCIX)
Optical Drive: Lite-On IHBS112-04 Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer ($79.99 @ Newegg Canada)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($99.99 @ Computer Valley)
Total: $1612.89
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-08-08 13:17 EDT-0400)

No need to spend $3K when you could spend 1/2 that and still get a killer rig.
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August 8, 2012 6:40:02 PM

As always, TheBigTroll nails it.
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August 8, 2012 6:46:22 PM

azeem40 said:
As always, TheBigTroll nails it.


That was almost the exact same build I recommended except for the case, PSU, and GPU. I like the EVGA company so I usually tend to recommend them but whatever.
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August 8, 2012 7:02:36 PM

i prefer msi since they have better cooling and RMA depots pretty close to me
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August 8, 2012 7:52:48 PM

Well whe you have this much money to spend I would go with an i7. I know some will argue but here is what I've came up with:
CPU: i7 3770K LGA 1155 @Newegg Canada $352
CPU Cooler: ThermalTake Water 2.0 Preformer @Newegg Canada $70
MOBO: ASUS P8Z77-V PRO/THUNDERBOLT @Newegg Canada $273
GPU: Sapphire Toxic Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition 6GB @Newegg Canada $713
Monitor: ASUS PA248Q @Newegg Canada $349
RAM: CORSAIR Vengeance 16GB(4x4)1866MHz @Newegg Canada $130
Case: Antec Twelve Hundred V3 @Newegg Canada $200
Optical: Lite-on Black 12x Bluray Burner @Newegg Canada $81
OS: Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64 bit @Newegg Canada $115
PSU: XFX PRO850W XXX Edition Semi-modular 80+ Bronze @Newegg Canada $155
HDD: Seagate Barracuda ST3000DM001 3TB @Newegg Canada $181
SSD: OCZ Vertex 4 VTX4-25SAT3-128G @Newegg Canada $147
Total with shipping but no rebates is $2766. That will keep you in the game for years to come. For a secondary option you could XFire to regular 7970's for approximately $875 but the GHz Edition is worth its performance. No offense but you guys have expensive shipping and much more expensive parts in Canada then in the US.
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August 8, 2012 8:21:07 PM

hunterpostit88 said:
Well whe you have this much money to spend I would go with an i7. I know some will argue but here is what I've came up with:
CPU: i7 3770K LGA 1155 @Newegg Canada $352
CPU Cooler: ThermalTake Water 2.0 Preformer @Newegg Canada $70
MOBO: ASUS P8Z77-V PRO/THUNDERBOLT @Newegg Canada $273
GPU: Sapphire Toxic Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition 6GB @Newegg Canada $713
Monitor: ASUS PA248Q @Newegg Canada $349
RAM: CORSAIR Vengeance 16GB(4x4)1866MHz @Newegg Canada $130
Case: Antec Twelve Hundred V3 @Newegg Canada $200
Optical: Lite-on Black 12x Bluray Burner @Newegg Canada $81
OS: Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64 bit @Newegg Canada $115
PSU: XFX PRO850W XXX Edition Semi-modular 80+ Bronze @Newegg Canada $155
HDD: Seagate Barracuda ST3000DM001 3TB @Newegg Canada $181
SSD: OCZ Vertex 4 VTX4-25SAT3-128G @Newegg Canada $147
Total with shipping but no rebates is $2766. That will keep you in the game for years to come. For a secondary option you could XFire to regular 7970's for approximately $875 but the GHz Edition is worth its performance. No offense but you guys have expensive shipping and much more expensive parts in Canada then in the US.



That looks good but the Vertex 4 has very questionable reliability at best, the Samsung 830 and Crucial M4 are better choices in that area.

Also do *NOT* - repeat do *NOT* - purchase that cooler. Closed block liquid coolers are the very low end of the liquid cooling spectrum. A strong air fan like the D14 that I linked to will give you the same results and is far safer. Either if you're going to do liquid cooling - run a full custom loop or not at all. Especially do not purchase an unreliable brand like Thermaltake. If you must - a Corsair H80 or H100 would be far better.
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August 8, 2012 8:29:19 PM

Oh never knew that about ThermalTake. I have an H60 in my current build and it works fine with my FX-4100. Have it up to 4.4GHz. I haven't had a problem with my new Vertex 4 yet but next time I won't get OCZ.
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August 8, 2012 8:37:34 PM

hunterpostit88 said:
Oh never knew that about ThermalTake. I have an H60 in my current build and it works fine with my FX-4100. Have it up to 4.4GHz. I haven't had a problem with my new Vertex 4 yet but next time I won't get OCZ.


I really wanted a Vertex 4 for my system but the more I read about it the more I decided against it. I eventually went with a Samsung 830 and it's been a great drive so far.
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August 8, 2012 8:49:07 PM

Longterm= more ram and 6 cores cpu, more vram

Asus X79 MB
3930k
H100
Switch 810
16GB G.Skill ARES
OCZ ZX 1000W
Samsung 830 128 SSD
2X 7970
1TB WD Black

Use all of that money why not?
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August 8, 2012 8:55:43 PM

yeah, it might seem overkill but I can afford it so what the hell :p 

I use directcanada and bestdirect for a reason. It's much cheaper and comes with free shipping. Good RMA policy too.

I was thinking of going with sli 670 instead of 7970. I've had good experience with nvidia cards. Don't know about amd though. Is it worth it?

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August 8, 2012 9:02:48 PM

you get like 5% more performance with that rig compared to mine (that is assuming you use one video card from the get go (which is overkill)).

if you have the money, why not go out and get a yamasaki catleap 27 inch monitor instead of paying the extra cash for a cpu that wouldnt do much for your gaming needs
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August 8, 2012 9:05:49 PM

http://pcpartpicker.com/ca/p/e9zH

here is what I was thinking and, I will also get myself a catleap, which is between 300 and 350$ depends on which one I get (was thinking of getting a perfect pixel which is about 350$)

Tell me what you think

Is liquid cooling necessary for that build or is it better to add some more fans?
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August 8, 2012 9:28:40 PM

overkill on psu. 750w is more than enough

if you really want a premium board, get the maximus v formula thunderfx. the extreme is stupidly expensive and you will never use half the features

8gb of ram is more than enough for gaming. i dont see why you want to pay more for something that you wont use. but then its your money so i wont bother with that since it wont be too much of a deal


most premium rig id ever get
http://pcpartpicker.com/ca/p/e9HN

it says it has a error but its incorrect
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August 8, 2012 9:36:42 PM

If I ever want of need to get up to 4 way sli don't I need a better motherboard and a bigger PSU? I say that cuz I may want to go up too 3 monitors. Just not at the moment
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August 8, 2012 9:39:49 PM

you will see like 50% gains (instead of 85-100% gains) for each video card you add to the system. not worth it. 2 670s is overkill. 3+ is insane
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August 8, 2012 9:41:41 PM

TheBigTroll said:
overkill on psu. 750w is more than enough

if you really want a premium board, get the maximus v formula thunderfx. the extreme is stupidly expensive and you will never use half the features

8gb of ram is more than enough for gaming. i dont see why you want to pay more for something that you wont use. but then its your money so i wont bother with that since it wont be too much of a deal


most premium rig id ever get
http://pcpartpicker.com/ca/p/e9HN

it says it has a error but its incorrect


Yeah it is I read on there site that the 500r doesn't support eatx
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August 8, 2012 9:58:23 PM

the board isnt eatx the last time i checked. if it fit in the fractal arc midi (which is a normal atx case), it will work fine
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August 8, 2012 10:02:02 PM

redeemer said:
Longterm= more ram and 6 cores cpu, more vram

Asus X79 MB
3930k
H100
Switch 810
16GB G.Skill ARES
OCZ ZX 1000W
Samsung 830 128 SSD
2X 7970
1TB WD Black

Use all of that money why not?


I definitely agree that PSU is way overkill. 1KW isn't necessary any more. Neither is the H100.

More RAM and 6 cores aren't necessarily going to mean longevity by any means - the software is always going to be two or three generations behind the hardware. Even CS5 / 6 barely make use of hex core CPUs right now.
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August 8, 2012 10:41:20 PM

TheBigTroll said:
the board isnt eatx the last time i checked. if it fit in the fractal arc midi (which is a normal atx case), it will work fine

The board in your build
Asus Maximus V Formula/ThunderFX EATX LGA1155 Motherboard
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